A thaumatrope was a hugely popular toy in Victorian times, a kind of old-school stop motion trick, or an old-school show with only one channel. With the wonder of persistence of vision, a bird magically transported into a cage with just a twirl of a string.
Keep the backdrop to a children's room understated and clean-ups and updates are easy. This blue-grey shade is soothing and gender neutral and can be accessorised with an assortment of happy brights. A fun zoo animal print mounted on the chimney breast takes the lead and rainbow coloured toys act as decoration as well as play things. A fun patterned rug makes the hard-wood floor soft for little feet while two colourful reclaimed school-style chairs are retro cool.
Make a Thaumatrope - they're not period, they're Victorian but they are a great craft for kids to make and then they can keep kids occupied during court. We're going to make one with a laurel leaf on one side and a crown on the other (our kingdom's symbols) for a coronation event youth activity.